2011 South Australian Premier’s Food Industry Awards

by Doc-G on November 21, 2011

South Australian Premier's Food Industry Awards

“This year’s finalists range from renowned SA icons such as Nippy’s and Beerenberg to newcomers including family-run Emmalines Country Kitchen, based in Lobethal, and food distributor Galipo Food Company,” Dr Plowman said.

“Congratulations to all representatives from the local food industry who have made the cut. It is a well-deserved achievement for many of these busy small to medium sized local businesses who are helping to put SA on the map in the ever-growing food arena.
“Well done also to Cole Thomas, Tegan Webb and Michele Lally, finalists in the Innovate SA Visionary Leader (Young) category, which recognises an individual who inspires and influences others through their vision, creativity and commitment to excellence.”
Award winners, including the acclaimed SA Food Industry Hall of Fame, will be unveiled at the presentation gala dinner, to be held on 25 November at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

Open to the public, the black-tie dinner will be hosted by Channel 7’s Nuala Hafner, the daughter of local food identity Dorinda Hafner.

The four-course menu, exclusively designed by Adelaide Convention Centre chef Tze Khaw and his team, stars local produce matched by six Adelaide Hills wines.

Entertainment includes the fastest portrait artist in the world, Brad Blaze, as well as a surprise performance to be unveiled on the night.

To commemorate this year’s ‘the art of food’ theme, the gala dinner will for the first time feature an array of works by 10 unique local artists. Door prizes and Applelicious Gourmet Dessert Apple gifts will also be given to guests.

Tickets are on sale until the end of October. For more information visit www.safoodawards.com.au or www.facebook.com/safoodawards to win a free double pass to the gala dinner.

South Australian Premier’s Food Industry Awards 2011 finalists:

Innovate SA Young Visionary Leader Award

Cole Thomas, Tegan Webb, Michele Lally

Cole Thomas, 35, is a chef, food/wine communicator, business owner and culinary innovator. Cole owns and manages Culinetic, Cole Thomas Culinary Solutions, which provides consulting services to the food industry and consumers.

Michelle Lally, 34, is co-owner and director of Savannah Lamb. Michelle manages the sustainable farming business and markets the hand-reared lambs to consumers in SA and Victoria.

Tegan Webb, 23, is Marketing and Export Co-ordinator with fourth generation SA family business, Spring Gully Foods. Tegan’s role includes establishing new domestic and international markets, managing exporters and maintaining customer relationships.

Food & Beverage Development Fund SA Valuing Workforce Development Award

Barossa Fine Foods has grown from a single outlet in 1991 to eight retail outlets and a factory facility employing more than 120 staff. Their diverse product range includes fresh, organic and free-range meat as well as a vast array of smallgoods.

Cocolat was formed in 2004 and consists of three dessert cafes and a production kitchen. Employing 50 staff, Cocolat produce a broad range of handmade items across the bakery, chocolate and gelato lines.

Spring Gully Foods has more than 65 years experience as a condiment and spreads manufacturer that combines the strength of a family business with the reach and diversity of a large company. Employing 40 staff, they have multiple brands, a diverse product range and are growing their national and international markets.

Peats Soil and Garden Supplies Creating Sustainability Award

Kangaroo Island Pure Grain currently represents 94% of growers who produce high quality products for export – grains, oil, seeds, pulses and honey – to ensure the long term sustainability of farming on Kangaroo Island since its establishment in 2009.

Mexican Express was originally a Mexican food wholesaler established in 1991. Today they are an innovative food manufacturer pioneering the way for cheese based sauces as well as providing contract packing and recipe development, with a focus on both dairy and tomato sauces.

Robern Menz acknowledges its business is only as good as its employees and works tirelessly to recruit, train and retrain people in a competitive labour market, resulting in low staff turnover. As the State’s largest confectioner, Robern Menz produces the iconic Menz FruChoc.

Savannah Lamb produces and supplies stress-free, ethically raised lambs to premium butchers, restaurants and direct to consumers. More recently they are exporting to one of Victoria’s most acclaimed restaurants MoVida AcQui.

Beerenberg Developing Markets Award

(Domestic)

Barossa Fine Foods has grown from a single outlet in 1991 to eight retail outlets and a factory facility employing over 120 staff. Their diverse product range includes fresh, organic and free range meat as well as a vast array of smallgoods.

Richard Gunner’s Fine Meats has been in operation since 2001, producing and marketing premium, branded meat. The business has grown from a staff of three to now employ more than 70 people.

Emmalines Country Kitchen is a family-owned food manufacturing business, based in Lobethal, supplying home-style bakery products to more than 1 000 stores across Australia.

(International)

AgriExchange is one of the largest fresh produce growing, packing, marketing, distribution and exporting companies in the Southern Hemisphere. Formerly called Yandilla Park, this agribusiness has a focus on horticulture, while also specialising in farm management services.

Ferguson Australia provides premium quality fresh and processed seafood such as lobster medallions, lobster oil and lobster glazes to the UK, Hong Kong, China, Dubai and France.

Tucker’s Natural was established in 2007 and with a staff of 25, produces premium savoury and sweet crackers and biscuits for both the domestic and international export markets.

SA Food Awards

Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society Fostering Value Chain Award

Beerenberg are unique in that they are a manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer and farm. Since 1970 Beerenberg has developed into an international brand with a strong global presence.

Gelista Premium Gelati is a manufacturer and wholesaler of premium quality gelati. Established in 2009 their vision is to be the leading brand of luxury gelato in Australia as well as producers of premium recipe variations for specific health and dietary requirements.

Nippy’s was established in the early 1930s and this 100% SA family-owned business is renowned for its fresh range of premium juices available nationally. Nippy’s employ 75 full-time staff and have three manufacturing processing plants at Moorook, Waikerie and Regency Park.

Richard Gunner’s Fine Meats has been in operation since 2001, producing and marketing premium, branded meat. The business has grown from a staff of three to now employ more than 70 people.

Bickford’s Australia Growing Small Business Award

Barossa Valley Cheese Company is proud of its artisan ethos, centering on a range of award-winning cow and goat milk cheeses, which are available nationally and in their Angaston based Cheesecellar.

Kytons Bakery dates back to 1938 when they were a small fundraising bakery. Today Kytons Bakery are an iconic brand with national exposure as home of the best lamington in the nation.

Lifestyle Bakery has been established for more than 10 years and is a market leader in creating and providing a unique selection of healthy, high quality bread and other baked goods.

SARDI Leading Innovation Award

Mexican Express was originally a Mexican food wholesaler established in 1991. Today they are an innovative food manufacturer pioneering the way for cheese based sauces as well as providing contract packing and recipe development, with a focus on both dairy and tomato sauces.

Lifestyle Bakery has been established for more than 10 years and is a market leader in creating and providing a unique selection of healthy, high quality bread and other baked goods.

Carisma Potatoes is Australia’s only certified low GI potato, grown by The Mitolo Group, a South Australian family-owned company with a 40 year history in the potato and onion sectors.

SA Food Awards

DTED Servicing Industry Award

Galipo Food Company has grown to the one of the largest, most respected and professional food service distributors in SA. Offering a diverse range of more than 4 000 products, Galipo is a ‘one-stop-shop’ for the food service industry.

Mitani Products provides a blend of quality herbs, spices and seasonings to the poultry and meat industries, adding value to a range of food industries and enhancing the reputation of many SA food suppliers.

TAFE SA Regency International Centre is a world-class facility that delivers training in cookery, patisserie, bakery, butchery, food processing, hospitality and tourism. The Centre has been in operation for 38 years with employee numbers growing from 10 to more than 160, while training more than 8 000 students.

Foodland SA Understanding Consumers Award

Carisma Potatoes is Australia’s only certified low GI potato, grown by The Mitolo Group, a South Australian family-owned company with a 40 year history.

Gelista Premium Gelati is a manufacturer and wholesaler of premium quality gelati. Established in 2009 their vision is to be the leading brand of luxury gelato nationally, as well as producers of premium recipe variations for health and dietary requirements.

Olga’s Fine Foods is a meat processing business supplying fresh value-added meat products for over 30 years and is home to Australia’s first beef chevapchichi.

Robern Menz acknowledges its business is only as good as its employees and works tirelessly to recruit, train and retrain people in a competitive labour market, resulting in low staff turnover. As the State’s largest confectioner, Robern Menz produces the iconic Menz FruChoc.

South Australian Premier's Food Industry Awards

Images courtesy of Nick Clayton and PIRSA

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